FAQs – University Communications

What does USC University Communications handle?

We handle USC News, USC News This Week e-blast, USC Trojan Family Magazine, news content on the usc.edu homepage, visual assets on USC’s Flickr page, media relations and the primary social media channels for USC. We do not handle the Web pages for individual schools. We also do not handle the social media for individual schools, departments, programs or groups.

USC News is the University of Southern California’s main news and feature website.

What does USC University Communications look for in content?

  • Just-published research of general interest or high impact from USC faculty and students
  • Deeper features explaining the why? or who cares? behind ongoing lines of research
  • Windows into the lives of the people who make USC a special place
  • Advances in areas of high priority to the university, such as the convergence of science and engineering or recruitment of transformative faculty
  • Milestones in the Campaign for the University of Southern California

Who creates the content for USC News?

USC News relies on writers, photographers, video professionals, graphic artists and other communications staff in USC University Relations and within individual schools and institutes. USC News also occasionally uses freelancers.

I’m a USC communications staff member. How do I submit a story for USC News consideration?

Just go to our handy online form. Look at our tips on this site about how to tag stories, write effective headlines and handle photos, too.

Where do I go if I have a story idea for USC News?

Submit your story through our online form. Or send your idea to newsinfo@usc.edu.

Where do I go if I have a story idea for USC Trojan Family Magazine?

Write to magazines@usc.edu.

Where do I go if I have a question about USC News This Week newsletter?

Write to newsinfo@usc.edu. All faculty and staff receive the newsletter as an official university communication.

How do I sign up for the USC News This Week newsletter?

If you are faculty/staff, you receive USC News This Week at your email address of record. If you would like to opt in to our newsletter, sign up through the “Subscribe” box on the left.

Who do I contact if I have a question on uploading stories to USC News with WordPress?

Write to our editorial director.

Who do I contact if I have a question on stories for the usc.edu homepage?

Write to our editorial director.

What if I want to use a photo on your news.usc.edu site or your Flickr page?

Write to our visuals editor.